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SO FAR, SO GOOD.

Summer has started out as Summers usually do, Hot. Kay got her Kayak just before we left for Chicago and when we returned she was hot to trot to get it in the water. Got it licensed and tagged and the stickers and numbers applied. Drove it down to the Reservoir for a test run. She loves it and it’s so easy to use. Kay spent an hour just paddling around, Molly kept trying to swim out to her and the self-stick numbers started to fall off. Now What! After trying to re-apply the numbers we gave up and took it to a professional sign maker to fix the problem. It seems that the numbers that the ODNR gave us will not stick to Polypropylene which the Hull of the Kayak is made of. So he cleaned the hull and applied a different type of numbers, which seem to be sticking so far. The Kayak carriers we ordered came yesterday so that day was spent installing them on our roof rack. The directions were terrible and also printed on toilet paper.(Not very clear and defining). But my superior mechanical skills got us through the directions and soon we had the supports mounted on the van. Getting the kayak up on top of the van was an other thing! Kay was born with too short of legs and lifting it up on to the van and placing the Kayak on the supports was proving to be a challenge for her. (She wanted to be able to do this on her own with out help from me). In the long run she’s going to need a step ladder to do what she’s trying to accomplish, or have me go with her when she goes Kayaking.

Kay and her Kayak

Kay and her Kayak

The AC went out in the Van Monday and made arrangements to have that repaired $$$$$$$$ Cachunk! Got the Van back Wednesday, took Molly to the vet for her annual shots and check-up, $$$$$$$ Cachunk! On the way back, the AC went out in the Van again. Called the Ford dealer and they came and picked it up this morning. Shouldn’t be a charge for this service. (I Hope)!

Going down to Kay’s Grand-Daughters tomorrow for her 5th. Birthday party this Sunday. It will be Sophie’s first big Birthday Bash with friends from Pre-School and Parents and Grand-parents included. No work this time for Kay and I, just enjoy the day. We are planning on stopping down in Amish Country on our way down and pick up some Cheese and fresh vegetables and take in some scenery thru Southeastern Ohio. Of course, this is all pending that we get our van back today.

Next week is grocery Shopping and the 4th. of July weekend and it looks like kay and I will be spending the Holidays home by our selves. The last several years we have spent the Holiday with the kids and this time were looking forward to a quiet 4th. of July

Dealer just called. Everything’s OK, Operator  problem (Kay).  Kay is a fanatic, impatient button pusher. Cars Computer needed to be be re-booted.

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DOWN UNDER

When we landed in perth Australia I was so ready to see this country. As we were walking down the Gateway to the tarmac I notice all these Beautiful Girls standing in line along the route to the terminal. “Grab yourself a Women one guy shouted” “They’re here for your taking while in Perth”.  That’s not the main reason I came to Australia I said, but a cute brunette caught my eye and as I walk by her I stopped and ask,” You know your away around perth do you? I sure do Sailor, she replied, Then lets go!  We were booked at the Pacific Rim Hotel in Downtown perth and a beautiful place it was. My room was on the 10th floor and I could see the Indian Ocean from my window. her name was Diane and she came up to my room as I checked in and changed to Civilian Clothes. I told her that while I’m here I want to see everything that there is to see and I asked her what kind of arrangements we should have and I would be respectful and courteous to her while she was with me. Dinners would be on me. Diane informed me that $100.00 is usual for a weeks worth of companionship, which I thought was fair, But first, I had to go and buy some warm clothes. It was cold there, well not to the natives, but coming from a place where the average temp. was in the upper 90’s, Perths daily temp. was 65, but sunny, and I was cold.

Well, lets get on with seeing Australia. The next day we rented a car and I allowed her to drive as the steering wheel was on the wrong side for me. We stopped at her apt. for some clothes and then off we went.  She did know her way around Perth and all the trendy places to go and eat and drink. The beaches were Beautiful, White with plenty of Surfers and Swimmers, Food was different but good and I opted for Coke rather than Beer for meals. The Swan River is a wide River that runs thru Perth and plenty of places to rent a boat and see the city from the river. There’s a Desert outside of Perth about a hours drive from the city, full of different rock formations, colored sands.  The city is full of parks, gardens and lots of Nightlife. My time in Perth Australia went fast and before you know-it, it was time to head back to the War.

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